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Justine Petersen

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Home Improvement & Repairs, Homeless & Housing, Housing Development, Construction & Management, Real Estate Associations, Urban & Community Economic Development

Mission: To connect institutional resources to the needs of low- and moderate-income families in order to build assets and create enduring change

Results: Since 1997, staff has counseled over 25,000 families on credit building strategies, assisted 4,300 to purchase homes, and originated $13 Million in micro-enterprise and consumer finance products.

Target demographics: Justine PETERSEN assists people that currently do not have access to safe and affordable financial services.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We counsel approximately 1,200 annually on credit building strategies and originate 350 micro-loans.

Programs: Credit Building and Financial Education; Homeownership Services and Micro-enterprise Training and Lending

Community Stories

101 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

JP has been a very smooth process for our business! From initial contact to the close of our loan, I have had constant communication with JP and outstanding customer service.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Justine Petersen was great and as always helpful!!!

Sylvester Johnson JR
Master Plumber
Precision Plumbing Stl.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Justine Petersen has been a real blessing, they were able answer questions no one else could. They were responsive and very professional. And they able to help us with growing our business and keeping our credit on track.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had nothing but good experiences with the Justine Petersen staff. They have helped me with rebuilding credit, kept me in the loop about upcoming informative workshops,and connected me with the finances need to take my business to the next level (twice). As an entrepreneur, I am always growing and it is refreshing to have a bank alternative with Saint Louis roots to turn to. Receiving help growing my business was a process but well worth the journey!

Client Served

Rating: 4

My first encounter with Justine Petersen was painful. As a family and as business owners, we'd faced many challenges over the last year. Initially, it felt like just another "No" in a long list of nos during a rough period in our lives. However, at the suggestion of Aida, Chonda reached out and guided us through what would become a successful microloan for our business. As we await closing, we are grateful for nonprofits that provide alternative lending solutions for hardworking families and business owners.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This has been informative experience and i would recommend this program to other business owners. Look forward to working with this group in the future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My overall experience was amazing! Great experience also working with Shawna Collier and Franchot Cunnigham. I must admitt they open my eyes to a New world of life and i can say im so elated about it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to the help of Justine Petersen I was able to move my company to the next level of business. I have recommended them to everyone I know. I'm looking forward to doing business with Justine Pertersen in the future. Ms Aida was very helpfull and pleasent to work with. Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experiance with justine petersen has been excellent. Every one was extremely helpfull and did excactly what they said they were going to do in a timely manner. I would recommend justine petersen to anybody,.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Justine Petterson was very professional. The staff kept me updated throughout the process and regardless of my credit, i was able to secure a loan to start my business. I have been recommending this nonprofit and i will continue to recommend this nonprofit to those who want to start a business. All it takes is a goal and Justine Petterson can help you accomplish that goal.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great company,amazing experience very helpul and will reccomend others

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolute pleasure to do businesses with. Highly recommended.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My first experience was awesome and friendly very understanding people. And still to this day they continue to support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

FOREVER GRATEFUL!! I am beyond words in expressing my thoughts about my experience with Justine Petersen... After being turned away many times before, I was completely shocked that this agency was willing to help me with my business needs. Reluctant and first, I took a leap of faith by calling them and Chonda DeBoise took a huge leap of faith and saw beyond what I looked like on paper and worked to get my loan approved!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I been in business for a little over three years, and in the beginning I struggled with finances. I did some research and came across JP for a small business loans. They where very professional and the loan process was quick. Currently Im working with JP for a SBA loan and looking forward to the outcome.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Justine Petersen has been a very positive and helpful one. Starting your own business is stressful enough, so to have people who care and guide you through the process is a definite plus. Thank all the brains, hearts and hands at Justine Petersen, Sincerely Nanette Johnson

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with JP was excellent. Chonda was not only very professional, but she was extremely information. She made my partner and I both feel like she believed in our dream and that she wanted to do all that she could to assist us in making sure that we were successful. Muzaffar was also very pleasant and made my closing process smooth and easy. I would definitely recommend them to anyone starting out a small business needing that little extra.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Definitely had an amazing experience with Justine Petersen. Muzaffar and Chonda were extremely knowlegeable and made sure everything was clear and simple. I strongly recomend JP

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Organization has helped me tremendously to get my loan for my small business the process has been smooth and the service is nice and helpful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was impressed with the level of professionalism that I received from the staff at Justine Petersen's office. I was welcomed, treated with dignity, and they were very informative on what they could offer me. Everyone there that I came into contact with was pleasant.

Initially I wasn't sure what to expect, having been rejected from other institutions. However JP was able to see what I had already accomplished and could see what I wanted to accomplish and was willing to extend an opportunity to help. For that I am truly grateful and I am looking forward to learning (because I was not aware of the educating resources that was available) how to be a successful business owner as well as building a long term relationship.
Thank you Justine Petersen.